Your throat. A lot can happen to that 5-inch hollow tube that connects the base of your nasal cavity to your windpipe and esophagus. A sore throat can silence your singing voice. Or a faulty pharynx (the medical name for the throat) may cause swallowing difficulties that can affect your
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After you chew and swallow food, it travels down your esophagus and into the stomach. Most of the time, you don’t even think about the simple, everyday act of chewing and swallowing—after all, you’ve been doing it since you were born. But sometimes, people have trouble chewing their food into
Smoking, drinking alcohol, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) all can increase your risk of throat cancer, but genital human papillomavirus (HPV) has become a leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers in the United States. In fact, some 9,000 people are diagnosed each year with throat cancer that may be caused by
The remarkable health benefits of raspberries and blueberries along with their incredible flavor make them a superfood you will want to consume daily. Learn why you should start eating these sweet little treats.
There’s a good chance you had them removed when you were a child, but if not, tonsils can sometimes be a major source of pain and discomfort for you as an adult. Tonsillitis is often the culprit, but what causes it and how is it treated?
Tonsils are two lumps of
The simple act of swallowing is the mechanical process that propels chewed food from the mouth into the esophagus (see Box 3-1, The Swallowing Process). In preparation for swallowing, the tongue moves the chewed food to the back of the throat. This triggers the swallowing reflex, and muscles contract to
The folklore. Brilliant red tomatoes tug heavily at their vines, ripe and plump with the flavor and fragrance of summer. This highly anticipated seasonal favorite is native to South America. Tomatoes were first cultivated in Mexico by the Aztecs, who named it tomatl, which means “the swelling fruit.” The delicious